The Boonville Pirates basketball team finally had one go its way Wednesday night in the consolation semifinals in the California Invitational Tournament.
After losing a lead in its last three games against Fulton, Marshall and Fatima, the Pirates sealed the deal long before the fourth quarter Wednesday night against Battle’s JV for a 57-48 victory.
The Pirates, improving to 5-8 on the season, will play St. Elizabeth in the consolation finals on Friday weather permitted.
Boonville Pirates basketball coach Jesse Oswald said it was nice to come in and get a win against a well above average JV team.
“Battle has a solid varsity squad and their JV team has players that would be starting and playing significant minutes for most varsity teams in the area,” Oswald said. “I thought they came on and played aggressive and hustled and put in a lot of hard work and that’s what kept them in the game. Even for how young they were, they seemed to play with a lot of poise. I felt early on we took them lightly and tried to do too many things outside of our normal offense, and it cost us some possessions. We had eight turnovers in the first half but only three in the second half once we got into what works for us. I think at times we tried to coast through the game, which we can’t do because it will star to form some bad habits. All in all, I’m extremely pleased with the win and we will turn our focus towards the consolation game on Friday. Just like I said in Centralia, we want to take a piece of the hardware away from every tournament so we hope to come out with the consolation trophy.”
Although Boonville wound up winning by nine, Battle gave the Pirates everything they wanted and more in the first half.
Boonville never trailed at the end of each quarter but had a point in the second period where the Spartans cut the lead to one at 23-22 with 3:09 left after putting together a 8-0 run during a minute and a half stretch.
Battle also ran off seven straight at one point in the first quarter but still trailed after one against Boonville 16-12.
The Pirates biggest lead in the first half also came in the first quarter after senior Ryan Beaver buried 1 of 2 foul shots to push the lead to 10 at 15-5 with 2:45 left.
Sophomore Semaj Clark led all scorers in the first half for Boonville with nine while Beaver added six and Avery Reardon five.
The Pirates also outscored Battle 15-12 in the second quarter to lead at the half 31-24.
The second half was pretty much the same as Battle hung around while cutting the lead to five at 36-31 with 4:05 left in the third only to have Boonville reel off eight straight after that to extend the lead back to 13 at 44-31.
The Pirates also outscored Battle 13-11 in the third to make it 46-37.
That lead swelled back up 14 on two different occasions in the fourth as Boonville matched Battle point for point with 11.
Reardon led three players in double figures for Boonville with 14 points along with six rebounds. Beaver finished the game with 13 points and two assists while Clark had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, Tramell Coleman six points, one rebound and one assist, Josh Chrisman five points, three rebounds and two assists, Malik Brazil three points and two rebounds, Kellen Brownfield three points and one assist and Clayton Gochenour with two points and four rebounds.
Battle was led by Tristan Meny with 14 points.